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MS 42 (olim Gordan MS 150) Italy, s. XVex

Leonardo Bruni / Commentarius rerum suo tempore gestarum, oratio heliogabali ad meretrices

1. ff. 1r-41v

Inc.: Qui per Italiam homines excelluerint etate mea et que conditio rerum queue studiorum ratio fuerit libuit in hoc libello discursu breui colligere.

Expl.: Ita ex turbulentissima tempestate qua creati fueramus res prospere leteque sunt ad extremum secute cum ingenti gloria et exaltatione civitatis. Finis. Leonardi Aretini De Temporibus Suis Summarium. f. 42r-v ruled but blank.

Leonardo Bruni, Rerum suo tempore commentarius; Carmine di Pierro, ed. (Bologna, 1926).

2. ff. 43r-50r

Argumentum. Inter cetera notate lasciuie flagitia omne genus hominum ad libidines cohortabatur non solum priuatim uerum etiam publice. . .

[Title:] Oratio Heliogabali Augusti ad meretrices.

Inc.: Incredibilis me libido habet commilitiones et uehementem in me ardorem concitari sentio cum multitudine uestra. . .

Expl.: . . . in hac cupidinis militia dona magnifica reportabit. finis. Leonardus Aretinus recreandi ingenii causa ludens ridensque dictauit. Vnde seniores rogat ne legant urbanio res ne esserant. Deo gratias. f. 50v ruled but blank.

Hans Baron, ed., Leonardo Bruni Aretino. Humanistich-philosophische schriften mit einer Chronologie seiner Werke und Briefe; Quellen zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittlealters und der Renaissance, vol. 1 (Leipzig, 1928) 162.

Parchment, ff. ii (modern parchment bifolium, i=front pastedown) + i (contemporary parchment) + 50 + ii (modern parchment bifolium, ii=back pastedown), 204 x 150 (144 x 80) mm., modern foliation, 24 lines, ruled in red ink with double vertical bounding lines in red ink or hard point (Derolez 13.11). Pricking in the three outer margins.

I-V8, VI10. Horizontal catchwords in lower right margin in gutter, verso (Derolez 12.4).

Written by a single scribe in a small, fere-humanistic bookhand above the top line. Marginal notes in the same hand.

The text begins on f. 1r and 43r with 4-line gold initials on a blue ground intertwined with white vine branchwork that is infilled with pink with blue dots and green and blue, with gold dots. Additionally in the lower margin of f. 1r a coat of arms above a spray of parchment branchwork outlined in blue and infilled with green and pink has been effaced so that the device is no longer visible. A similar 3-line initial appears on f. 43v.

Binding: twentieth century, red velvet over boards. Library no. "87" on small paper panel on spine.

Written in Northern Italy in the late fifteenth century. Early provenance unknown. On f. ii verso in a 17th century hand: "Continet codex iste nitidissimus Leonardi Aretini Historiarum Sui Temporis Summarium in quo laudes Principum in Italiam tunc temporis dominantium habentur. In fine extat Oratio Heliagabali [sic] ad Meretrices iam edita apud Aldum Anno 1516 in 8 eodem Aretino auctore." On rear flyleaf (f. ir) in lead: "£4/ 1/7/22" and "3950". In the library of Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.; her bequest to Bryn Mawr College (bookplate) in 1995. Unidentified bookplate with initials MT inside a circle below a cross.

secundo folio: hec enim

Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 404, no. 150. Iter Italicum, vol. 5, p. 351, no. 150. James Hankins, "Bruni Manuscripts in North America: a Handlist," Nuovi Studi Storici 10 (1991) 55-90.

 

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